Steph is one of the best to ever play. I think I’m right there by him. We both led the NBA in 3s, we were No. 1 and 2. I don’t know if that has ever happened on the same team.
So, I think we’re the best shooting backcourt, maybe of all-time.
We still got a lot to prove, and I still think we are just scratching the surface of what we can be.
The questioner is unclear whether she’s referring to the present or all-time, but Thompson surely knows how Jackson’s statement influenced the terms of the conversation.
The Splash Brothers are definitely the best-shooting backcourt in the NBA right now.
I’d take them all-time, too. When Jackson made his assessment, I still gave the edge to the underrated Steve Nash-Quentin Richardson tandem. But in the two years since, Curry and Thompson have proven their shooting prowess.
I was fortunate enough to sit down with the NBA’s reigning MVP and Finals MVP Stephen Curry at the at the TPC Harding Park Golf Club (home of the 2020 PGA Championships) recently, and we got to talk about his love of golf and what it was like to play a round with President Barack Obama.
We also talked hoops, and what it will take for Golden State to go back-to-back, and you can see that conversation — and discussing the style and legacy of the Warriors — above.
Curry, who was there on behalf of one of his sponsors, Degree antiperspirants (which involved deeply in motion analysis and the study of human movement, such as Curry golfing), also talked to me about if he has had any downtime to relax this summer.
“A little bit,” Curry said. “We’ve been moving around a lot this year, from place to place. Obviously there’s a lot of opportunity to celebrate what a great season it was, and obviously the new addition to our family. A lot has changed.
“But in the offseason I get out and play a little bit of golf, I stay moving that way, and then obviously you have to prepare for next season too and I’m already in that mindset. So it’s been a pretty crazy summer celebrating good things, great things, but there’s also been a good amount of time to reflect on how special it was.”
Stephen Curry says he’s not interested in leaving Warriors in 2017 free agency
“As I am thinking right now, free agency isn’t really appealing to me because I love where I’m at, love the organization I’m playing for, and the Bay Area is home for me and my family,” Curry said.
Of course, Curry feels this way right now. Golden State just won a championship, and Curry is reigning MVP. It’s hard to imagine his situation being any better.
A lot can change in two years.
I’d bet on Curry remaining happy, though. The Warriors are a pretty young team and should contend for a while. They have an innovative coach in Steve Kerr, and a strong front office led by Bob Myers. This is a recipe for prolonged success.
Of course, Golden State will have to pay up to keep Curry. A max contract projects to be worth more than $175 million over five years in 2017, and that’s not even accounting for the possibility of the union fighting for a higher individual max by then.
One of the keys to the Warriors’ success is Curry’s relatively low-paying extension. That has freed them to spend more on supporting players and build a strong and deep roster, but the clock on that luxury is ticking.
Re-signing Curry will bring complications for the Warriors – complications they’ll gladly face to keep their top player. He’s going to get paid. There’s no way around that.
But if he’s not even forcing Golden State to recruit him, that’s one hurdle already cleared.
Ricky Rubio thinks Andrew Wiggins “is going to be an MVP one day”
How good is Andrew Wiggins? So good that a few days ago, the Timberwolves’ official PR account posted a tweet drawing attention to the anniversary of their trade for him, despite that trade involving Minnesota giving up a consensus top-1o player in Kevin Love.
One-year anniversary of #Twolves/Cavs/76ers three-team deal involving Andrew Wiggins and Kevin Love is this Sunday.
Wiggins was outstanding in his rookie season for the Timberwolves, winning Rookie of the Year and establishing himself as a cornerstone of a young core in Minnesota that looks to be competitive for a long time. And his teammate Ricky Rubio thinks that’s just the beginning, according to an interview with Rappler.com:
“I think Wiggins is going to be an MVP one day,” said Rubio, who missed a large chunk of last season due to a severely sprained ankle injury.
“He’s a great player, [has] fit in this league very well since day one, and I think as a team we’re really young but we’re adding some veterans that’s going to help us to grow up and follow where we’re going to go – going to make the playoffs.”
As crazy as that sounds now, Rubio might not be wrong. But it’s still a ways off, and the field is crowded. It’s going to be several more years before LeBron James and Kevin Durant stop playing at an MVP level, and Stephen Curry and Anthony Davis are just entering their primes. But Wiggins is only 20 years old and already showing star potential. If he and Karl-Anthony Towns keep developing and the Wolves become a playoff contender in a few years, it’s not hard to see him pushing himself into that conversation.